Josh Stone — Exclusive Portraits By: Elissa Anderson 1 of 5 Josh Stone — EXCLUSIVE PICS Elissa Anderson Josh Stone is ready for this. The former hockey player (“was supposed to be one of the top draft picks in the 2008 NHL draft”) has found success in the recording industry. Working on both sides of the boards as a producer, songwriter, A&R, and as a rapper, Josh stopped by HollywoodLife to talk about his upcoming debut album. Promising a body of work that harkened back to the hip-hop classics of the mid-90s/early 2000s, Josh (a Chuck D protégé) spoke with confidence when discussing his future. “I feel like on an album, if I felt lines for each song that they should always be a song for everybody on a body of art,’ he says. “I feel like in today’s music generation, everybody’s copying trends. They’re copying fads and they’re not sticking to being authentic of who they really are, because it’s what they think people want to see — whether that’s face tattoos, whether that’s a certain type of sound.” Josh promises a different sound on his debut, and it will be 100% authentic to him. March 4, 2020, 1:29PM 2 of 5 Josh Stone On Chuck D Elissa Anderson “So, when I got back from Toronto, my father said to me, ‘What are you trying to do with this music? I know Chucky D,'” says Josh Stone. ” I said, ‘Chucky D, like Chuck D from Public Enemy?’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah. I gave him his start of his career. I gave him his first show.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?'” March 4, 2020, 1:29PM 3 of 5 Josh Stone Salutes The Giants Of Hip-Hop Elissa Anderson Josh Stone tells HollywoodLife that his debut is more like “a full body of work, but my influences on it were really like, Biggie’s Ready To Die, Jay-Z’s The Blueprint, 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin, Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP, and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. If you combined all those and really see how those albums flow. Like I said, I let the music speak for itself.” March 4, 2020, 1:28PM 4 of 5 Josh Stone On His Influences Elissa Anderson “Everything on those albums are bangers,” Josh Stone tells HollywoodLife of the albums influencing his own debut. “It’s just what kind of mood you’re in. Sonically, I was really trying to just create a body of work that I believe people will be able to not only relate to, but if they’re in the mood to party, they have a party record like, ‘In da Club’ with them.” March 4, 2020, 1:28PM 5 of 5 Josh Stone Steps Into The Spotlight Elissa Anderson “I played the background role for so many A-list artists, whether that was A&R, assisting A&R or producing. I never really wanted to be the one that was in the spotlight,” says Josh Stone, who’s now in the spotlight. March 4, 2020, 1:28PM Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.